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HCAA Board approves construction contract for express curbsides, Central Utility Plant

The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority Board of Directors on Nov. 7 approved a construction contract that will allow work to begin on two of the biggest elements of Master Plan Phase 2: The new express curbsides and Central Utility Plant.

The curbside expansion and Central Utility Plant are key components of TPA's three-phase Master Plan expansion that ultimately enables the Airport to serve 34 million annual passengers.

The Express Curbside expansion features 16 new lanes, including eight on the Blue side and eight on the Red side. Work is well underway on the Blue side with the demolition of an old rental car building and other structures to make room for the expansion. The Blue side expansion is expected to be completed in late 2021 or early 2022, while the eight new Red curbside lanes will begin in 2022 with scheduled completion in 2024.

Work on the Central Utility Plant will begin later this year and is expected to be complete in early 2021. The 10,000-square-foot building is quietly becoming a centerpiece of the expansion, featuring greater efficiency and a striking architectural design. The facility is home to the heating and air conditioning for the Main Terminal and the Main Terminal SkyConnect station. The current home, located in the Administration Building, is set to be demolished to make way for the new Red Side vertical circulation building and express curbsides.

The construction contract approved in early November by the Board incorporates a woman- and minority-owned business participation rate of 17.1 percent for design and 19 percent for construction.